I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. 3 John 1:4


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Organized School Room

After twelve years of homeschooling, we have accumulated a ton of school supplies, curricula, manipulatives, equipment, and books.  We have a school room that is bursting at the seams, overflowing into our family room, and that is not counting the many books which are scattered in bookshelves all over the house. 

Our school day goes along more smoothly if we all know where our things are, so we aren't wasting time looking for that assignment due or the read-aloud book we should have started on an hour ago.
The red lockers.  We have four of these, and the kids love them.  This is where they keep all their things.  It is an opportunity to teach organization.  I've given them containers for them to put their smaller things, folders, and paper trays.  We have a locker checks periodically, that keeps them motivated, and there's a reward for the best kept locker.
We got these cubicles at IKEA along with the red lockers.  We have two of them, this one is for our school stuff.  I like that we can keep some of the overflow supplies in boxes or baskets, out of sight, it helps make the family room more presentable.  Oh, and the green container you see on top is where the kids put their finished assignements for me to check each day.
This pie safe holds most of our school supplies - art, microscope, index cards...
I keep school manipulatives, markers, crayons and other items the kids need easy access to in these bins.
These shelves hold all the books we are using this year. One of those shelves is designated for library books.  Keeping those organized is key to avoiding late returns and library fines. But on top of those shelves... is the last frontier - UNsightly and UNorganized stash of science lab supplies and puzzles.  I am looking for any creative ideas to clear that space out, or at least make it more presentable.  I'm optimistic!

Mama to 3


  1. Thanks for stopping by I love your IKEA storgae that has to be my favorite store but the only one close is almost an hour away so it doesnt happen much
    I am now following you, hope you all have a great school year

  2. How exciting, you are my first follower on here! :)

  3. VERY nice! I love your shelving! It's my 1st time visiting your blog, I am your 2nd follower! Can't wait to read more of your posts & hear more about your homeschooling! Nice to meet you! Have a great rest of the week! :)

  4. Hi,
    I love the Ikea shelf, I need to go there. I love the red locker.
    Have a blessed week.

  5. Fabulous set up! I just love IKEA. We just redid our school room in May and had quite the spree at IKEA. I love the trofast system.

  6. Thanks! I couldn't believe how many great choices they had at IKEA for our school room, it really is the place to go for shelving and just ways to organize things. :)


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